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‘Up-cycling’ craze gets charity shop tills jingling

St Cuthberts Hospice shop retail manager at Houghton Tracy Chester and volunteer Christine Scott

St Cuthberts Hospice shop retail manager at Houghton Tracy Chester and volunteer Christine Scott

SAVVY charity shop customers are snapping up unusual household items to turn them into different things.

Staff at St Cuthbert’s Hospice shop in Houghton say everything from cups and saucers to curtains and old jumpers are being snapped up as part of the “up-cycling” craze that is sweeping the country.

Retail manager Tracy Chester said: “We’ve noticed over the last few months that we are getting a much wider variety of customer and they are looking at things in a totally different way.

“They see a jumper and wonder if it might make a cushion, or they’ve told me they’ve made a bag out of a pair of curtains.

“That’s up-cycling and everybody benefits.

“People are enjoying themselves getting creative and making things that don’t cost much but have that stamp of individuality.”

“And we’re seeing an increased footfall in all our shops, which can only be good for our hospice.”

Tracy and a team of volunteers from St Cuthbert’s, which is in Durham City, gave advice on up-cycling as they ran a stall at a Thrift Fair as part of the Durham Bid at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

 

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